From the article Paid Friends: Weary of Genuine Relationships, Rich New Yorkers Hire Stand-Ins. Sometimes, just being fun to be around is a currency that translates into social invitations, as it has for a bicoastal producer I know. Sitting in the afternoon sun on the terrace of the Downtown outpost of Sant Ambroeus, a few glasses of prosecco clearly provided the proper amount of social lubrication to get him talking. "In Hollywood, you’re either in the starring role or in the supporting cast. I always said I was a paid extra," he laughed, his stylish frames glinting in the sun. "Did you know many paid friends in L.A.?" "Know any? My partner and I always joke we’re America’s houseguests. We’re always being invited to fun, fabulous places, and it’s always a seaplane, a private jet, five-star villas. Wheels up, baby!" "Any downside?" I asked.
A personal assistant talks about the really weird shopping and gifting habits of his boss, a multi-million dollar actress: "She once had me buy some luggage for her makeup artist, two bags for $5000. Yet, for her best friend’s birthday, she told me to find a used bike on Craigslist for under $100," he said of a multi-million dollar actress. It’s the thought that counts, but this is your best friend, right? He also said that the actress’ mom needed a new TV. Instead of buying a new one, she had him dust off an old TV that was missing a remote in her garage and drive it over to Mom’s house. Now, maybe this actress didn’t care for her mom – it happens – and a makeup artist can be an actor’s real BFF, but this tendency seems to be a recurring theme. "Yes money matters to her," he went on. "She seems to want to flash it with inconsequential people, but with family and friends she is extremely frugal."
Kindness: About six weeks ago there was a very tragic accident at a church festival where an out of control car knocked over a bunch of kids, killing one of them and injuring a load of others. The girl who was killed had just moved to New York with her family from Ireland, her sister was also critically injured in the accident.
This probable Academy Award nominee for this year for his excellent work in a movie is married. He has a great name. He has also always been able to explore with other men because of his relative anonymity. That is all changing now and our actor has started taking chances to be with the man he has been seeing for much of the past two years and is openly gay. It would be quite the bang bang to win an Oscar and come out as gay at the same time.
Today’s blind gossip item is a sad example of stars faking charity work for press! Our insider reveals, "I helped with about 400 other people to prep and cook Thanksgiving dinner at a mission yesterday. Two of our popular reality stars showed up, did the least amount of work and the most amount of posing and preening." "Mr. Faux was very charming and nice to the director and all the big wigs. They posed for pictures for what seemed like two hours, laughing and joking." Our insider continues, "It was disgusting. They donned aprons like the rest of us but proceeded to do VERY little actual work.
This B list celebrity/singer from a band who is arguably the most famous member of the band because of a famous groupie is lucky to be alive. He says he has stopped drinking but this week he got hammered and ended up falling over his balcony at a resort almost twenty feet but landed on his back in a big bush and did nothing but knock the wind out of himself.